/ smelt /
ETYM AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.
1. Small cold-water silvery fish; migrate between salt and fresh water.
2. Small trout-like silvery marine or freshwater food fishes of cold northern waters.
Small fish, usually marine, although some species are freshwater.
They occur in Europe and North America. The most common European smelt is the sparling Osmerus eperlanus.